Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe, parapsychologist and star of the popular U.K. paranormal television show Most Haunted took some time out from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his beliefs, his research, and his outlook on the state of the paranormal field. He is a well-respected educator, author, and personal friend.
Slaughter: Why Parapsychology? What initially drew you to it?
O’Keeffe: I’ve been fascinated by the paranormal from an early age. I remember sitting with friends in a burnt out, supposedly haunted pig farm close to where I lived when I was five or six years old. We told each other ghost stories, and even then I had a natural curiosity about what was really going on.
Being very “bookish” in my early years, I voraciously read any horror and ghost novels that I could get my hands on. I frequently read modern writers like Clive Barker, James Herbert, and Stephen King by torch light (flashlight,) but also couldn’t get enough of the classic gothic horror writers such as M.R. James, Dickens, Polidori, Sheridan Le Fanu, Lovecraft and Bram Stoker.
This developed into collections of magazines on various paranormal topics (e.g. Flying Saucer Review, The Unexplained, and Fortean Times). The fascination with things otherworldly has always there, but I was definitely a geek at school and leaned heavily toward the scientific side of things. I investigated a few haunted places in my teens, which really gave me the bug for haunting investigations.
I really received my awakening in 1984 (at age thirteen) when the movie Ghostbusters was released. It was then when I heard the term “Parapsychology” for the first time. It’s funny that it all goes back to a film, but even now old friends recall my fascination with the field and how I was the only one who seemed to know everything about Parapsychology when the movie came out. I was hooked and the instant I saw the movie I was researching everything about the subject. Science tackling the supernatural – this is what I wanted to do.
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© April Slaughter
Article first published by TAPS Paramagazine